The Thermarest NeoAir Xlite is the lightest air mattress from Thermarest, but the weight saving has not compromised it's insulating ability. With an R-Value of 3.2 this mattress will perform easily in 3-season conditions. To achieve this Thermarest have used lighter materials that perform as well but are less durable than those used in the heavier models.
The outer fabrics have been improved and are now a soft textured fabric that provides superb next to skin comfort and are a lot quieter leading to a better nights sleep. The textured fabric also provides greater slip resistance, in other words you and your bag are less likely to slip off the mattress.
The ThermaCapture technology featured in the NeoAir Xlite is a series of baffles made from a reflective fabric which provides an almost complete barrier to radiative heat loss. Unlike the mats with which Thermarest is almost synonymous, the Neoair range is not self inflating, instead it needs to be inflated by lung or pump power leading to its great advantage, low weight.
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|Small||119 x 51cm||6.3cm||23 x 9cm||230g||3.2|
|Regular||183 x 51cm||6.3cm||23 x 10cm||350g||3.2|
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Latest version of the now classic super-light mat. It's not quite as noisy to sleep on at the first version and has a friendlier feel to the fabric (less crisp-packet, more over trouser-type feel). These thick, air-filled mats become chillier as it gets close to freezing and I'd not use it below 5c or so but for most UK conditions, it's ideal. The pack size it outrageous. Combined with a quilt rather than sleeping bag, I'm comfortably using a 20L bag for overnight trips now.
I'm generally disappointed with this sleeping mat. I bought the shorter version. The problems are that it is too small and too high, which means I spend all night rolling off it. I thought I'd save weight by getting this lightweight option, but it has proven to be a false economy. I'll revert to a heavier, but far more comfortable thermarest mat for everything except, perhaps, a mountain marathon, when I'll be so exhausted and so squashed up against my running partner that I won't care!
I have mixed feelings about this mat (regular length).
It's superficially very comfortable but:
The X-Lite would probably be good if you camped on rocks or a concrete floor, but that's not something I do except in very exceptional circumstances. In the end I've abandoned it and bought a Prolite short which is lighter, comfortable no matter how you lie on it and how much air you add to it.
Very comfy. Very very warm. Easy to inflate. Super light. The only bad thing is it's pretty noisy. You'll wake yourself and your neighbour up when you turn over.
I have used the popular self inflating thermarests for years for camping with the car, but after the cats attacked it and left it needing too many patches, it was time for a new one. The NeoAir Xlite looked like a good option - lighter than my existing mat, although only 3/4 length, and non self inflating. the weight saving was enough for me to purchase it - I have now used it on 3 camping trips. It's smaller pack size was perfect for the sea kayaking trip where space was at a premium, it takes no time at all to inflate, and is lovely and warm. I use a dry bag stuffed with kit as a pillow to add the extra length so my feet don't hang off the end, works perfectly. You can buy a regular length one which weighs a bit more, but i'll be using mine for backpacking mostly. It is not quite light enough to beat my balloon bed for mountain marathons, but would be the perfect choice for those who like a bit more comfort at the midcamp (I went from nothing to a balloon bed a few years ago so already live in luxury as far as I'm concerned!)
An excellent purchase, thoroughly recommended.
Upgraded from an old theremrest classic to this and what a fantastic bit of kit. Warm, comfy and light weight with very small pack size. Delivery was quick and very well packaged. What more can you ask for.
Just used this for the first time on the Cuillin Ridge on Skye. It's as light as can be and very comfortable and gives a good layer of air insulation. Can't fault it. Now I need to get a Thermarest pillow!
I bought the small size due to it's light weight, my other mat is NeoAir Trekker. I've used the xlite on a few trips but haven't had a proper night's sleep with it and won't be taking it out anymore, the weight and space saving just isn't worth it. Problem I find is that the mat is too narrow. If I could lie still on my back all night this mightn't be an issue but I tend to twist about a bit and every time I do the mat slips from under me. This is due to narrow size as well as slippy material. Longer size might be better, though I'm not so sure, and the weight of the longer mat would be edging closer to that of the Trekker. On the plus side the insulation is excellent (I could tell this because the bits of me that ended off the mat were cold whilst those that stayed on, weren't). I haven't had an issue with noise either, as some have complained of. Mat seems robust enough.
The Thermarest NeoAir Xlite was exactly what I was looking for in a sleeping mat, it's comfortable, warm and is very light, which makes it a bonus as it rolls up into a neat small compression bag which fits perfectly into my backpack and takes up hardly any room at all, overall perfect. Already used on a couple of trips to Wales and Scotland, and can't wait to use it in Norway on my next adventure. Highly recommended.
I bought this mat a year ago after hearing so much about it, even if I was a bit concerned about it getting punctured and it being a bit noisy. I can now say: dont worry about it -its the best mat ever made! I own many mats, three different from thermarest alone and this one is the one I use all the time. The material is really tough, light and packs down to the size of a 0,5L nalgene bottle. I've never been bothered of noise when you wriggle around on it, so dont worry about what some of the reviews say. Since it doesnt contain any foam it dont self-inflate as other mats. Huffing & puffing it after a hard days walk can be a but of a struggle and leave you with a headache, so I would recommend the Thermarest pump-sack that I use. It really works like a charm and my friends are using it all the time to their other brand sleeping mats as well. I cannot praise this mat enough, you will never regret buying it!
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